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Emma Stubbs Q & A

Emma Stubbs Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I graduated from Deakin with my Master of Dietetics in 2014, and following this, worked in several different dietetic positions for a year or so across Melbourne and Gippsland before gaining my current job. I’ve moved back to my hometown in Regional Victoria and am currently working in a full time clinical/health promotion role. Three days per week are my clinical duties; due to the nature of the health service I work with, my clinical role is varied. As our hospital is only about a total of 60 beds, we are not confined to one or two patient groups and as a result see quite a variety of different patients. I’m particularly interested in the areas of GI surgical and am…
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The Holy Grail of Grains

The Holy Grail of Grains

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Pulses are a diverse, colourful and lesser known grain. They offer a variety of health benefits, so many, that The World Health Organization has included them in the population nutrient intake goals for preventing diet-related chronic diseases. The current popularity of pulses in Australia is rather dismal. So, let’s try and improve the profile of pulses by incorporating them to our diets. This is likely to improve our health too! Pulses include lentils, chickpeas, navy beans, field peas, azuki beans and so much more. Some traditional uses include lentil dhal, baked beans and the increasingly popular, hummus. Compared to conventional grains such as wheat and rice, pulses are superior on many measures of health. To start, protein content. Not only do pulses contain more protein than other grains, they also…
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Joe Leech Q & A

Joe Leech Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I am a dietitian from Sydney, but currently living in Stockholm. I have a website, DietvsDisease.org that provides science-based resources for those living with diet-related diseases and conditions. As you can imagine this is a huge area, so I am building the database slowly with a few topics at a time. I also collaborate with AuthorityNutrition.com to produce all their videos which you can find on youtube and on my Diet vs Disease Facebook page. What is one piece of nutrition advice that you give which surprises people? Very few foods are absolutely healthy or unhealthy - it’s the quantities you eat and your relationship with that food that makes it healthy or unhealthy. Do you have a nutrition philosophy? What…
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Joel Feren Q & A

Joel Feren Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I’ve been a dietitian for four years. My background is in the biomedical sciences; I studied Behavioural Neuroscience and I completed my Honours in exercise physiology. For a while I thought I might pursue a career in sport science. But it was a chance meeting with Karen Inge in 2008 that swayed me to become a dietitian. And I haven’t looked back since. You’ve got the whole #getyourmaninthekitchen thing, can you tell us a little bit about that? The campaign is about encouraging men to get back in the kitchen and have a crack at making their favourite meals. I believe that all foods can form part of a healthy diet. With that said, I also believe that any type of…
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Carbohydrates Uncovered

Carbohydrates Uncovered

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Carbohydrates are a large group in the food pyramid. For this reason, it is important we understand them. Amongst body conscious populations, carbohydrates are seen as a guilty indulgence. I believe carbohydrates are largely misunderstood and we need to educate ourselves on enjoying pasta, rice and bread in the healthiest ways possible. Carbohydrates have a pretty bad reputation. They are too often blamed for the current obesity crisis, as well as the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes. This is only a half truth. Highly processed carbohydrate products such as white bread and cakes, confer high blood glucose (sugar) spikes that contribute to obesity and diabetes. These products are responsible for the negative connotation surrounding carbohydrates, and should be limited. On the other hand, whole grain products such as brown…
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The Debate on Dairy – is it essential?

The Debate on Dairy – is it essential?

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Dairy for many was once a staple in our diet – with milk poured over cereal, added to tea or coffee, blended into milkshakes or served straight from the carton as a refreshing drink. Today however, dairy often takes a back seat with more people opting for dairy free alternatives whether it be due to ethical reasons, intolerances or the increase of popular “wellness trends”. Statistics confirm that dairy consumption is on the decline. According to the most recent 2011-2012 Australian Health Survey, more than half the Australian population (aged 2 years and over) have inadequate intakes of calcium. This means a lot of people are not consuming the recommended three serves of dairy per day. Milk consumption in Australia is higher than most western nations, with figures from Dairy…
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Why are we so afraid to eat fats?

Why are we so afraid to eat fats?

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Has the nutrition world gone mad? Time and time again, I hear the words; “Cass, why are you eating that!? It’s full of fat! or “Cass, why are you putting olive oil on your food? It’s full of fat!” For years we have been told that eating dietary fats, essentially makes us fat. This message has been drilled into us so much so, that “low-fat” products are taking over our lives and are often considered to be the healthier choice. The link between saturated fats and coronary heart disease (CHD) was made many years ago1,2, since then, manufacturing has gone crazy over the “low-fat product” scenario that we associate the word fat with “bad” or “weight gain”. It is important to take each fat at face value because not all…
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Eat A Rainbow

Eat A Rainbow

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you will know all about the ‘Go for 2 & 5’ campaign. The Australian Government created a funny, friendly looking fruit and veg man who informed Australian kids (and adults) about the importance of consuming 2 fruits and 5 vegetables each day. The government pushed this campaign hard, with flyers, television advertisements and even educational programs in school. The campaign was an effort to promote healthful behaviours in our increasingly unhealthy population. However, is ‘2 & 5’ enough? While it’s a good place to start, good health isn’t so simple. Nutrition Australia, has pushed for a movement away from ‘2 & 5’ and toward ‘Eat the Rainbow’. Sounds like a Skittle advertisement, doesn’t it? Nutrition Australia’s…
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Prebiotics and Probiotics: what’s the difference?

Prebiotics and Probiotics: what’s the difference?

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You have probably heard the terms ‘prebiotics’ and ‘probiotics’ thrown around but what actually are they and what is the difference between the two? What is the difference between the two? Probiotics are live microorganisms found in bacteria, yeast or fungi, and when taken in large doses they can help improve and maintain the health of your gastrointestinal tract, as well as helping to aid digestion1,2. In order for the good bacteria to survive in our bowels, we need to feed them with prebiotics. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres that allow for good bacteria to stick to the bowel wall, whilst helping to stimulate their growth2. Probiotic = live microorganisms Prebiotic = non-digestible fibres How do they affect our health? Gut health is becoming more and more pivotal in the world…
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Rachel Ben-David Q & A

Rachel Ben-David Q & A

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? When I finished high school, I had no idea what I wanted to study. I was thinking about perusing an arts degree when I stumbled across a seminar on nutrition at one of the university open days. Four and a bit years later (2016) I completed the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) at Monash University, excited and ready to start my career as a dietitian. Like many new graduate and young dietitians, I really struggled with the job search. It felt like I was constantly writing and submitting applications and attending interviews – but with no luck. Throughout my degree, I thought I had developed a great resume that would be attractive to employers – I had volunteered for several…
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